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Last night: Adele performs new material at Largo, gives nods to Wanda Jackson and Lady Antebellum

October 27, 2010 | 10:24 am

Kjjmjync In 2008, Adele broke out with the Grammy-winning neo-soul hit "Chasing Pavements," but for her upcoming sophomore disc, the young English singer found herself running down a different sound.

Tuesday night at Largo at the Coronet, Adele previewed a handful of tunes from the new album (tentatively due out Feb. 22), telling the invite-only industry crowd that she'd been inspired in large part by American roots music -- specifically, the work of Wanda Jackson and Lady Antebellum.

The latter's "Need You Now" was all over the radio, Adele said, while she was recording in Malibu with producer Rick Rubin; she penned "Don't You Remember" as a sort of response. "It's quite country," she said of the tune, which showcased her soaring vocals over a shuffling acoustic arrangement. "I'm thinking of going to Nashville to do some writing."

 Adele called "Rolling in the Deep," the upcoming disc's lead single, her homage to Jackson; the rockabilly pioneer's influence was easy to hear in the song's booming beat and its tough-talking lyric: "Think of me in the depths of your despair.”

Backed by three members of her regular touring band, the singer also performed "Someone Like You," a heavy-hearted piano ballad that Adele said always leaves her "fumingly upset," and "Turning Tables," one of two tunes she co-wrote with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

Following the fresh material, Adele obliged the audience with stripped-down renditions of "Chasing Pavements" and "Hometown Glory," another hit from her debut, "19." Then she was gone. "I’ve been chilling out for a while, and my voice has been dormant," she said, insisting that she didn't have another number in her. "I think it's [mad] at me."

-- Mikael Wood

Photo: Adele, shot in New York City in 2009. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times